Raththran’s goons run amok

Post election violence erupted on Saturday night in the Kalutara District, where former Nation Building Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena (Raththaran) allegedly caused mayhem by leading a group of armed thugs who mercilessly assaulted some villagers of Maggona in Kapugoda, because they had not cast their preferential votes for him.

The police were present at the scene but did not take any action against the armed thugs who dragged out villagers from their homes onto the road and thrashed them for not voting for the former minister. Finally, teams of police commandos of the Special Task Force had been summoned to bring the situation under control, villagers told The Island.

Villagers said the former minister had arrived around midnight with his supporters drunk and armed with automatic rifles and started beating them indiscriminately.

The police had rushed to the scene but had done nothing to stop the minister and his supporters. The Officers-in-Charge of two police stations in Kalutara had also been present, the eye witnesses said. The thugs damaged several vehicles belonging to the villagers.

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and former Minister Kumara Welgama went to the scene and took action to protect the villagers. They stayed with the victims who feared former Minister Abeygunawardena’s thugs would return.

The two former ministers reported the inaction of police to the IGPand a special police team was sent to Kalutara by Police Headquarters and it commenced investigations.

DIG Western Province (Southern Range) Ananda Hettiarachchi arrived at the scene on Saturday night and summoned the STF commandos to provide security.

Among those who had been injured by thugs were some of his own relatives residing in the village, according to villagers.

Rohitha Abeygunawardena polled 77,205 of preferential votes and came fourth on the UPFA list in the Kalutara District.

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